Dr Catherine Keenan, Ms Elizabeth Broderick AO and Ms Melissa Abu-Gazaleh.
Dr Catherine Keenan, Ms Elizabeth Broderick AO and Ms Melissa Abu-Gazaleh.

Australia Day honour tour takes in Mullumbimby High

MULLUMBIMBY High School was visited last week by three 2016 Australia Day Award recipients as part of the NSW Tour of Honour.

The tour organised by the National Australia Day Council and the Australia Day Council of NSW saw inspirational Australians Dr Catherine Keenan, Ms Elizabeth Broderick AO and Ms Melissa Abu-Gazaleh visit the school.

Student leaders from from Mullumbimby High, Byron High, Brunswick Head Primary, Mullumbimby Primary, and Durrumbu Primary attended and Mullum Principal said it was an inspirational meeting for the students.

"We had three strong women with incredibly interesting stories," said Ms Pearson.

"They told stories about why they were chosen as Australia Day Awards, then they took questions from the students which were absolutely inspirational

"Elizabethe Broderick spoke about gender equality and Ms Abu-Gazaleh talked about the website she developed called Top Bloke, which looks to counter the negative stereotyping of young men rather that positive.

"We were absolutely honoured to be chosen as the first school on the NSW Tour of Honour."

Australia Day Council of NSW Chairman, Angelos Frangopoulos, said it was hoped the tour of regional centres visit communities from Ballina to Port Macquarie will inspire communities and encourage nominations for the 2017 Australian of the Year Awards.

"This year there is a strong synergy between the 2016 NSW recipients," she said. "All recipients are working to educate and support the vulnerable in our communities and advocating for equality and improved services to strengthen our society.

"The Tour of Honour

 

is a great way for communities to be

 

inspired and to listen to how these Australians have helped to make our state a better place to live and work."


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